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ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting opens in Cambodia

07-09-2012 11:35 BJT

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Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss a series of regional issues.

The 5-day meeting is being chaired by Cambodia. The focus is expected to be on territorial disputes, a regional nuclear free zone, and human rights issues. The dominant issue is likely to be territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations was founded in 1967 as a trade bloc by Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. It later evolved into a political, cultural, and economic club. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia joined the group between 1984 and 1999.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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